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Best coat hangers for organising your wardrobe this year

Are you looking to overhaul your wardrobe? Whether it’s maximising space, ditching the clutter or even embracing your inner Marie Kondo, here’s our round-up of the best coat hangers to help reinvent and reorganise your wardrobe.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jan 13, 2022

Best Coat Hangers for Organising your Wardrobe

Is your wardrobe calling out for some much-needed attention? Are the doors bursting at the seams? Do you struggle to find that perfect outfit despite knowing that it has to be in there somewhere, nestled amongst a mass of overflowing clothes? Whilst many of us graciously accept the free hangers given out at the shops, they can often leave your wardrobe looking mismatched, cluttered and unsightly. Quite often they’re also not fit for purpose, resulting in snapped hangers, fallen garments and an overall disorganised mess.

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A good set of quality, matching coat hangers can not only make your space more aesthetically pleasing, but help maximise your wardrobe space, protect your clothes and even prolong their life.

Whether your preference is wooden hangers, velvet hangers or you’re wanting something for a particular garment, we’ve thoroughly researched authentic product reviews and scoured the Mumsnet forums for trusted recommendations from our users to bring you our round-up of the top buys. 

Here are the best coat hangers to help organise your wardrobe. 

1. Best overall coat hangers: SONGMICS Velvet Hangers

Songmics coat hangers

Price: £27.99 (for 50) | Buy now from Amazon

Wave goodbye to a mismatched wardrobe with this extensive set of non-bulky, slimline hangers. 

Available to purchase in large pack sizes, they help to create fully coordinated closets and compact clothes storage in even the smallest of wardrobes. Finished with a velvet non-slip coating, that is soft to the touch, each hanger comes with subtle grooves to help prevent items slipping or falling. They also offer a high load capacity and we thought the 360 degree swivel hook was a useful feature, ideal for quick access when choosing your outfit of the day.

If you are looking to make the most of your wardrobe space and want to create a look that is both elegant and classic, you really can’t go wrong with these versatile, space-saving hangers that can easily handle a variety of different garments.

Key specs

  • Colour: Available in packs of white, grey or pink
  • Material: ABS plastic, velvet with metal hook
  • Size: L42 x W0.5 x H21.5 cm 
  • Weight: 68 grams each
  • Maximum load: 5 kg each
  • Pack size: Set of 50

Pros

  • Excellent value for money (just 55p per hanger)
  • Thin size offers significant strength without taking over your wardrobe

Cons

  • Some reviewers reported that the pink colour is a different shade to the product image

2. Best budget coat hangers: Olivia Thomas Velvet Hangers

Olivia Thomas coat hangers

Price: £9.99 (for 25) | Buy now from TK Maxx

"Definitely get the slim velvet hangers if you don’t already have them. It’s amazing the difference they make. As well as being slimmer they sit together much better than plastic so free up loads of dead space. TK Maxx and Homesense have them in.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user SyrilSneer)

“I went to TK Maxx and bought matching velvet hangers for everything. It has freed up loads of space as they are slim but sturdy and everything looks a lot tidier at the same height.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Paintyourbox)

If you want to update your hangers without breaking the bank, these Olivia Thomas velvet hangers from TK Maxx are an ideal choice.

The slimline velvet hangers stack closely together on your rails to maximise space, have a super soft flocked coating to protect your clothes and are available in a range of three different colours.

With a pack of 25 hangers costing just £9.99, they also allow you to refresh and rejuvenate your wardrobe space with even the smallest of budgets. 

Key specs

  • Colour: Grey, but multicolour and charcoal are also available
  • Material: Plastic, velvet with metal hook
  • Size: L45 x W0.5 x H23cm
  • Weight: Not specified 
  • Maximum load: Not specified 
  • Pack size: Set of 25 

Pros

  • Budget-friendly - work out at just 40p each
  • Narrow width for maximum capacity

Cons

  • There may be minor shedding of the velvet. If you have pale carpets, you may want to opt for the lighter shades 

3. Best baby coat hangers: ilauke White Plastic Nursery Hangers

ilauke coat hangers

Price: £9.99 (for 36) | Buy now from Amazon

“We got these from Amazon and they hang newborn clothes well. We’ve got some stuff in 9-12 [months] (gifts) and they sit on them nicely too.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Keyboard91)

Is there anything more adorable than clean baby clothes lined up in a wardrobe? Suitable for infants clothing from ‘small baby’ through to two years of age, these subtle yet stylish hangers make an attractive and practical addition to any nursery. 

Designed to prevent slippage, these thin, space-saving hangers stack closely together to help maximise wardrobe space. They also include a middle section for hanging trousers, leggings or matching items, so if you are feeling extra organised, you can even prepare and hang out entire outfits in advance. 

At just under £10 for 36, we found them to be a great value buy too.

Key specs

  • Colour: Available in white or multicoloured pack
  • Material: ‎Polypropylene, plastic
  • Size: ‎26.8 x 19.9 x 15.6 cm
  • Weight: 770 grams (total set)
  • Maximum load: Unspecified
  • Pack size: Set of 36  

Pros

  • Included hanging rail allows sets to be hung together
  • Specially designed for baby and toddler’s clothes
  • Fantastic value

Cons

  • The hanger hook doesn’t twist or turn, so clothes can only be hung in one direction

4. Best heavy duty coat hangers: Hangerworld Extra Large Garment Hangers

Hangerworld coat hanger

Price: £14.35 (for five) | Buy now from Amazon

These heavy duty clothes hangers have a long length of 50cm and a sturdy middle bar, making them a great option for hanging trouser suits and jackets, tops with scarf accessories or coats and heavier clothes.

The foam protector sleeve on the middle bar helps protect even the most delicate of garments, whilst the thicker profile of these hangers provides additional support to prevent clothes becoming stretched or misshapen. 

At just over £14 for five, they’re not the most budget-friendly option, but if you’re buying one set to store your coats rather than fill your whole wardrobe with them, they do the job well. 

Key specs

  • Colour: Black
  • Material: Plastic with polished metal hook
  • Size: L50.04 x W5.08 x H26.42 cm
  • Weight: ‎183 grams
  • Maximum load: Unspecified
  • Pack size: Set of five

Pros

  • Great option for coats, formal wear or larger sized items
  • The middle hanging rail enables a full outfit to be hung together

Cons

  • Take up a lot of space and may not fit in smaller wardrobes
  • Expensive option

5. Best Coat hangers for trousers and skirts: ZOBER High Grade Wooden Trouser Hanger with Clips

Coat hangers with clips

Price: £11.99 (for 10) | Buy now from Amazon

If you prefer to hang your trousers and skirts rather than have them hidden away in drawers, then coat hangers with clips are an absolute must.

These attractive clip coat hangers are made from smooth lacquered wood and come with clips, plated with chrome and finished with rubber grips to help protect your clothes whilst holding them securely in place.

With anti-rust hooks that rotate all the way around, this set would make a useful addition to your wardrobe. We loved that the width can be adjusted to suit each garment, meaning these hangers provide an easily accessible option for hanging skirts, jeans, trousers and shorts.

Key specs

  • Colour: Natural 
  • Material: Wood and chrome plated clips with rubber grip
  • Size: ‎33.71 x 18.29 x 9.3 cm
  • Weight: 989 g (full set)
  • Maximum load: Unspecified
  • Pack size: Set of 10

Pros

  • Sturdy wooden hangers that won’t buckle or bend in the middle

Cons

  • Some reviewers felt that the clips were too far apart for hanging their trousers when folded in half

6. Best coat hangers for travelling: Hotupark Collapsable Coat Hangers

Travel coat hanger

Price: £9.59 (for four) | Buy now from Amazon

We’ve all been there. You open the wardrobe at your holiday accommodation to see one solitary hanger (and one that’s seen better days at that). If you’re planning on heading off on a self-catering holiday, business travel or even camping with friends or family, then these compact hangers are a handy solution.

Folding away to a discreet size, the Hotupark Collapsible Coat Hangers can easily be popped into your suitcase without taking up valuable clothing space.  

We’d recommend something else for everyday use at home, but for a lightweight hanger to use on-the-go, they’re the ideal choice. They’d also be great for use in cars too.

Key specs

  • Colour: Pastel shades – pink, green and grey
  • Material: Plastic and aluminium 
  • Size: ‎42 x 10 x 1.4 cm (folded size 14.5*7.5*1.6cm)
  • Weight: 320 grams
  • Maximum load: Unspecified
  • Pack size: Set of Four

Pros 

  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Wind resistant if you’re camping
  • Ideal for travel without taking up significant suitcase space

Cons

  • Not suitable for trousers or skirts (no clips or a hanging rail)
  • Pricey if you need multiple packs

7. Best velvet coat hangers: ZOBER Premium Velvet Hangers

Velvet coat hangers

Price: £26.99 (for 50) | Buy now from Amazon

"I use velvet non-slip hangers. They are excellent as they hang 'flat' and you can get loads in your wardrobe using them." (Idea from Mumsnet user Valiumredhead)

These non slip velvet hangers are slimline and stack close together for the most effective use of your space. They come with notches on shoulders to prevent slipping clothes ending up on the wardrobe floor and include a small centre bar for ties, scarves or even folded trousers. With a 360 degree swivel hook, they also ensure easy access for all your clothing essentials.

With 50 coats hangers for just over £25, it's a great pack for kitting out your entire wardrobe, but some reviewers found them to be slightly flimsy, so you may want something stronger for heavier items. 

 Key specs

  • Colour: Available in three colours - black, burgundy and pink
  • Material: ‎Stainless steel and velvet 
  • Size: ‎L45 x H24 x D0.6 cm‎ ‎
  • Weight: 1.67kg (entire pack)
  • Maximum load: 5 kg
  • Pack size: Set of 20

Pros

  • Compact and narrow hangers allow you to maximise space
  • Great value 
  • Prevents clothes from slipping

Cons

  • Need to be rinsed in cold water before use to avoid shedding
  • Some found them a bit flimsy

8. Best luxury coat hangers: TBMax Padded Coat Hangers

Floral coat hangers

Price: £22.99 (for 10) | Buy now from Amazon

Fancy adding a touch of luxury or a wardrobe or want to have your clothes hung out on display? These TBMax hangers allow you to add an extra splash of colour and style to your bedroom. 

Made from super soft padded fabric with a stunning floral design and bow, be under no illusion; these hangers may be really pretty, but they are also super strong. With a built-in thick wooden interior, these hangers are sturdy enough to hold up to 6.6kg in weight.

We'd suggest being selective about what you hang on them though –the fabric pattern may not be best for clothes likely to slip. 

Key specs

  • Colour: White and lilac floral
  • Material: ‎Wood, padded cotton 
  • Size: ‎ ‎41.1 x 29.5 x 9.6 cm
  • Weight: 560 grams
  • Maximum load: Up to 6.6kg
  • Pack size: Set of 10 

Pros

  • Super soft material that won’t snag or damage your clothes
  • Pretty design - ideal for a bridal party
  • Surprisingly strong

Cons:

  • Although made with an anti-slip design, not be the obvious choice for strappy tops and dresses
  • Pricey option

9. Best wooden coat hangers: IKEA Bumerang Hanger

IKEA coat hangers

Price: £4 (for eight)| Buy now from IKEA

“Ikea do very inexpensive wooden hangers and the skirt clip ones are very good too (think they're called something amusingly like Bumerang).” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Ivy May)

“I always buy wooden hangers from Ikea. They are cheap and last for ages.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user Tulpe)

If you are looking for a more sustainable and eco-friendly way to hang your clothes, then these wooden coat hangers have been a big hit on the Mumsnet forums.

With absolutely no plastic in sight, these solid wood hangers are elegant, practical and made to a high quality. Strong enough to hold heavier clothes without warping, the Bumerang hangers also come with small groves to prevent hanging straps from sliding off.

For knitwear or delicate items, Ikea also sell compatible shoulder shapers (available separately) to prevent clothes from becoming misshapen.

Key specs

  • Colour: Natural
  • Material: ‎Wood with galvanised steel hook
  • Size: ‎ ‎ L44, W23 cm, H11 cm
  • Weight: 0.94 kg
  • Maximum load: Unspecified
  • Pack size: Set of 8

Pros

  • Great value for money
  • Sturdy, basic set

Cons

  • Slightly thicker hangers may take up more room in your wardrobe 

10. Best space-saving clothes hangers: House Day Metal Magic Space Saving Hangers

House Day coat hangers

Price: £9.49 (for four) | Buy now from Amazon

If you really don’t want to slim down the contents of your wardrobe or need to maximise capacity in a limited space, these space saving hangers are a really clever choice.

Available in a variety of pack sizes (from four to 20) each hanger has six slots and enables you to hang multiple garments on a single magic hanger rack - up to 12 garments horizontally or six garments vertically. You can easily switch between horizontal and vertical as required to adapt to changes in your wardrobe.

We loved that these innovative hangers allow you to keep clothes organised and wrinkle-free even in the smallest of wardrobe spaces.

Key specs

  • Colour: Silver
  • Material: ‎Stainless steel
  • Size: ‎ ‎ ‎28.3 x 8.2 x 4.19 cm
  • Weight: 331 Grams
  • Maximum load: 15lb horizontally and 30lb vertically
  • Pack size: Set of four

Pros

  • Allows you to store multiple garments on a single hanger rack
  • Strong and sturdy

Cons

  • You need other hangers to use on these hanger racks, so they’re not a budget solution

11. Best plastic coat hangers: HANGERWORLD Strong Black Plastic Clothes Hangers

Hangerworld plastic hangers

Price: £10.50 (for 20) | Buy now from Amazon

Basic but hardworking, these Hangerworld Plastic Clothes Hangers are available in a variety of pack sizes from 20 to 120 pieces, meaning there’s options for households of any size.

Whilst they are unlikely to win any style awards, they are functional, strong and robust and a practical option for keeping your wardrobe neat.    

They’re also very good value, but bear in mind that they don’t have a middle bar for trouser storage, and as they are plastic, they aren’t the most eco-friendly option.

Key specs

  • Colour: Black
  • Material: ‎Plastic 
  • Size: 43.18 x 1.02 x 21.08 cm
  • Weight: 800 grams (entire pack)
  • Maximum load: Not specified
  • Pack size: Options from 20 to 120 pieces 

Pros 

  • Strong and hard wearing 
  • Low price
  • Available in large pack numbers

Cons

  • A less sustainable hanger option
  • Not the most aesthetically pleasing

How to choose the best coat hangers?

You might not have considered it, but there are a huge range of options when it comes to clothes hangers and wardrobe organisers, so how do you know where to start? Here are some things to consider:

  • Budget: How much money do you want to spend? Are you willing to consider an expensive price point or do you need to pick up coat hangers at a bargain price?
  • Pack size: Hanger pack sizes vary quite considerably - how many hangers do you actually need? Whilst larger coat hanger pack sizes provide the best value for money, they also need to be stored when not in use. Smaller pack sizes may mean it is more expensive to kit out your whole wardrobe. 
  • Suitability for your wardrobe: How much physical storage space do you have? Don’t forget to consider the depth of your wardrobe too - some larger coat hangers may not fit if you have a slimline wardrobe. 
  • Material: Do you have any preference over your coat hanger material and appearance? Do you prefer to stick to more sustainable and eco-friendly coat hangers or are you happy with plastic/functional only?
  • What are you hanging?: Much of the decision about hanger choice will be related to the clothing you own. Are you hanging mostly trousers and skirts? Do you need clips to hold them in place? Are your items delicate or include narrow straps that require additional support? Also consider if you'll need bulkier hangers for coats and jackets.
  • Colour options: Will you be having your coat hangers on display? Are you wanting to add a splash of colour into your wardrobe? Think about whether you need all your hangers to match too.

Which type of coat hanger is best?

It depends on what you’re looking for and your wardrobe space. Plastic hangers, whilst cheaper, are clearly a less sustainable choice and may be prone to buckling or warping under excess pressure.

Wood is more eco-friendly and generally more appealing to look at, but usually requires more space. Wood hangers also tend to be quite sturdy and strong.

Many Mumsnet users favoured velvet hangers due to their strength, quality and non-slip properties, but bear in mind some velvet hangers have a tendency to ‘shed’ fabric, so you’re better to go for lighter colours. 

What is the best coat hanger?

We chose the SONGMICS Velvet Hangers as the best overall coat hanger. They offer slimline, compact hanging of a wide range of clothing options, with a rail included for hanging trousers, ties or accessories. These velvet hangers come in larger pack sizes meaning you can coordinate your entire wardrobe space, whilst providing peace of mind that they will keep your clothes in shape, organised and protected - even those heavy winter sweaters and coats. 

How we chose our recommendations

First up, we scoured the Mumsnet forums to hear our users' trusted experiences and recommendations on the best coat hangers, including the coat hanger types they loved, tested and had truly put through their paces. We also looked out for the coat hangers that didn’t impress, weren’t fit for purpose or that they were keen to avoid. 

Next, we extensively researched online forums, bestseller lists, expert homeware websites and authentic online reviews to find the most highly rated and popular coat hangers to suit all of your wardrobe needs.

After all hours of research, we then compiled this shortlist to create our final list of recommendations, bringing you products you can rely on.

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